Category: Crowdsourcing

What Are The Specific Strengths of Crowdsourced Testing?

Crowdsourced testing

Software development has always presented a testing challenge because there are phases when it makes sense to have a small testing team and phases where you need to ramp up considerably. It’s difficult to maintain a large QA department unless you have a wide range of simultaneous projects at different stages. Crowdsourced testing appears to be an ideal fit. Over the last decade, the concept of crowdsourcing and crowdsourced testing has really taken off. It allows companies to gain a broad input, contract directly with skilled freelancers and spark creativity. All of this occurs without hiring new employees or engaging a third-party with a traditional internal staff model. It can be the right choice in a wide variety of different situations. This article will look at what kinds of crowdsourced testing is best suited for. Usability testing We discussed 5 reasons crowdsourcing is ideal for usability testing before, but to briefly recap: it’s less expensive than focus testing, it gives you a snapshot with actionable feedback, testers are in their element more like end users, you can pick the demographic and you can test in small increments before tweaking your approach. This kind of broad insight from testers who are close to […]

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How Do You Deal With Real-World Testing of Mobile Apps? (Part 2)

This is the second entry in a two part article written by Parimala Hariprasad.  Our previous post, which included an introduction to Real World Testing and described Field Testing and Mobile Personas, can be read here. User Testing Users of Mobile and Gaming applications in particular expect apps to work on thousands of devices from different manufacturers, with different device sizes, resolutions, network carriers and locations. This calls for not just a group of testers to test on a handful of devices and configurations, but for an ocean of users with this kind of diversity. Real-world testing evaluates mobile apps by testing them directly on users. Real users provide invaluable input that can be powerful in shaping the app in the right direction. Real-World Testing Methods There are different methods of performing user testing, such as: Hallway testing A quick and cheap testing method where randomly selected people – e.g., those passing by in the hallway – try to use the product and provide feedback. This type of testing is done on a voluntary basis, so results may not be accurate. Remote Usability Testing Users are found based on target user personas. This real-world testing is done remotely using a survey questionnaire through technologies like Skype and […]

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